• Jun 2nd 2010 at 7:01PM
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You'd have to be living in a deep, dark hole somewhere in the middle of nowhere to not have heard anything about the massive oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico. And you better not come out of your cave just yet, since not a day pass that we don't hear about this continuing disaster. We should be hearing about this, because it's a tragic event and British Petroleum (BP) deserves to take heat for its actions (or lack thereof) that led to the explosion and ensuing catastrophic spill. Even though BP has stepped up by admitting some guilt and has paid out millions to people affected by the damaging oil, this has not stopped several groups from attacking the company.
When environmental disaster strikes, thousands of people go on the offensive. This time around, sites such as GreenPeace and LogoMyWay have set up BP logo redesign contests to see who can design a new logo which better depicts the company's current environmental carelessness. Though most of the designs are excellent, some go way too far. For BP, its environmental image has forever been tarnished by the spill, leading us to think that these contests are just another way to "kick 'em while they're down." Follow the links below to view some of the logos and let us know what you think. Has this all gone too far or does BP deserve everything anyone can throw its way?

[Source: LogoMyWay, GreenPeace, Flickr | Image: Epkes - C.C. License 2.0]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure BP is doing everything they can to try to stop this disaster. It's costing them many millions in cleanup costs, but even that pales in comparison to the cost of their now-tarnished image. Not to mention their stock price is sinking nearly as fast as their burning oil rig sank. Certainly BP wishes to put an end to this as much as anyone.

      The problem is they drilled their way into something they can't handle. At unimaginable pressures a full mile below the surface of the ocean, they're dealing with forces of geological magnitude. If something goes wrong, they know they're screwed...they just crossed their fingers and hoped nothing would go wrong. Well hopefully they've learned their lesson about doing that. And hopefully all the other oil companies will watch and learn.

      BP claimed that in the event one of their deep wells sprung a leak they could fix it quickly ... either they're ignorant or they lied, because they just proved themselves wrong on that point.

      BP in their new advertisements for the past several months have been calling themselves "Beyond Petroleum" ... yeah, right...

      So I don't think we can blame BP for failing to stop the well - stopping a well under tremendous pressure thousands of feet below the ocean is something nobody has ever tried and is taxing the efforts of our best engineers, it may well be impossible with our current capabilities - but BP certainly deserves all the blame for claiming they could yet not preparing for the inevitable.

      And so do each of the other oil companies who have drilled deepwater wells offshore. And so do our politicians. For example, Pres. Obama used to agree with Sarah Palin, "Drill baby drill" ... it took this to cause him to reconsider.

      I tend to think this disaster has a silver lining, in that this is what it had to take to make some people seriously look at such things in perspective.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The danger is that BP becomes a hidden scape goat for the rest of the industry.

      Who cares about BP? Nothing about them is unique in their industry.

      Yes, absolutely - kick them when they are down. But it's important that "we" not get distracted by their fall. Clean-up and other retribution should be paid fully by BP.

      But the only reactions of any consequence will be actions taken against the entire industry.

      The public is already on board for being angry at BP. I propose that all those of us with a more progressive voice let go of the BP specific conversation. It's time to broaden the public dialogue to anger and frustration at the industry - at Big Oil, at the ICE, etc.

      Change the public dialogue to progressive changes in our energy policy.
      Change the public dialogue to progressive changes in our transportation options.

      This is what we should be talking to our neighbors about.
      This is what we should be parroting on blogs, in letters to the editor, etc etc

      It's time to get aggressive for alternatives to oil.

      End of story.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's quite obvious that every single time there's bad news at Tesla Motors, autobloggreen focus big time on it.

      This site is no longer green, it's a bought up hoax trying to pretend something else.

      All you guys who want green automotive news, we should start our own blog. Seriously.
      You can contact me on if you have any ideas: nichen@spray.se

      No more autobloggreen for me, that's a guarantee.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't call ABG "no longer green"

        They simply post inflammatory blogs with (?) Question marks everywhere asking stupid questions that everyone KNOWS is wrong... but it makes hundreds of people click on them (dozens to comment) and ABG collects a big fat check from AOL-Media group for the advertisements.

        Every click is recorded so that ABG writers can profit from the ad space. Not blaming them, they are doing the American thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "when they're down" implies that they are finished... They haven't lost all of their investors, gone bankrupt, or had their Executives fired or imprisoned.

      They are far from "down". When BP (and the other companies involved) go bankrupt... then you can call for some mercy. Until then, lace up those steel-toed boots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        JOE -

        I've already put in my prediction that BP will be bought out by another oil firm.

        I've also predicted that this spill will not be stopped until BP (or whoever buys them out) figures out a way to not lose this oil deposit. If the government takes over, BP will lose this well...if nothing else but for PR.

        They don't really know how to block the gush but they also are not interested in fixing the problem in my opinion.

        You watch...this thing will go on AT LEAST until they have a second well...they simply don't give a sht about the environment.

        Also, if this sht happened off the coast of Santa Barbara or the Hamptons, rest assured they would be cleaning this up faster than you can say WTF happened.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah money laundering is right...they don't make almost $7 billion a quarter being honest.

        They've got this country and government and people in their back pockets. And Carney thinks OPEC runs the show...what an idiot.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Felt the same way about Toyota. They messed up hardcore, and in so many more ways than accelerator pedals. I am glad they got theirs. It took A LOT of kicking. All the meanwhile they kept lying to the public. And i'm talking about more than accelerator pedals.

        BP's in the same position. Eventually they will cry uncle. They are starting to sound less confident, but the excrement has not truly hit the fan for them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bought by another company usually winds up being bought by a company they owned already... change of logo, change of name ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altria_Group) and recycled management.

        Just PR washing. Like money laundering... take the dirty executives... wash em' till they look like brand new executives.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They deserve it all. Damnit, it's still puking oil into the GoM. Until they've at the very least fixed the leak, we shouldn't be backing off in the slightest bit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Or alternatively you could install the firefox b.p slick web browser for a laugh
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm I'm not going to defend the company that is BP and all it's flaws, but they seem to be taking all the flak, what about trans ocean and haliburton..this wealth of a p.r disaster should be spread out
      In the age of the internet a company takes even more of a kicking than others in the past who should have had the same criticism
      • 5 Years Ago
      Carney, you beat me to it regarding their previous logo change and the green paint ;o)

      Well said.

      'Beyond Petroleum' was indeed their preferred spin on the initials. Maybe it should now stand for ' Belching Pollution'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who knows how it will play out. But i think with a democrat in office who isn't influenced by oil money, we have a fairly good chance of changing offshore drilling laws, putting BP out of business, and see some execs hauled off to prison.

      I also think it will never be plugged up; basically this is the deepest well they have ever drilled and conventional methods of stopping it just won't work. There is just too much damn pressure. They went farther than current technology could really allow.

      I have no idea what BP's M.O. is, but it sounds like incompetence. If you've been following their efforts, each successive failure has made the oil leak worse. It seems like they were over their head with this site.

      Our government is pretty complacent, but when you mess up bad... you get their attention pretty fast. Look at what we did to Toyota recently.

      I'm pretty sure they'll get what's coming. I think Exxon was charged to pay $5 billion.. and that spill happened what.. 20 years ago? in Alaska... I can't imagine what this one is going to cost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There was an article in the Daily News about how BP has been covering up so much from the press.


      It's apparently easy to cover up or surpress stuff if you're a big corporation. Before you know it we'll have some sort of "green flu" outbreak and nobody will know till it's too late.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No it isn't overkill.

      For the people who do care about this environment, this is the ONLY way left to stop and discredit these companies...all other avenues of defense have been bought out by them or laws made up by their bitches in the Senate prevent us from getting close to them..even legally.

      FK BP and all of the other oil companies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah true...the carnage hasn't started yet but I don't think it'll get far. They'll file of BK before they lose it and either Exxon of Shell will buy them out.

        I know no one believes me at this point but I'm willing to bet my paycheck on it that they won't stop the leak until they find a way to save that drill site...that was their plan all along and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

        No one is really monitoring how BP is going about trying to solve the problems. We are only taking their word for it that they tried this and that and it's all failed. That fking douche Haywood is even stating that no underwater plumes of oil are existing. Wow...man this guy has balls.

        If only BP spend a full quarter's worth of their profits on this...they would have fixed the problem 4 weeks ago.

        These people need to be crucified...pure and simple. All three companies, HB, Transocean, and BP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We need to redesign the logos of the other oil companies as well, who claim to have plans for dealing with just such a disaster as this.

        If they do, they should step forward to test their plans--perhaps bp can buy this technology from them.

        If they don't, perhaps they should stop drilling and help bp develop a technology that works.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know what to tell you, man. Obviously there is the potential for some execs to be hauled off like Bernie Madoff was.

        $990 million and the spill is still in action, with plenty of potential to get worse and more costly. The lawsuits haven't started yet. The lawyers are still tallying up what they're gonna sue for since the costs are still adding up.

        I mean, they are not gonna get let off easy. The carnage hasn't even started.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes I am fully aware...but having a criminal investigation against BP or another oil company is akin to having a mafia henchman charging the mafia boss with murder.

        You know as well as I do that most of this PR bullsht by politicians and they are having their pockets lined by these corporations endlessly.

        Do you know that so far BP has spent only $990 million dollars on this cleanup effort? That's 15% of their FIRST QUARTER earnings...that's it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Noz, it's worse than that: $990 million isn't even 20% of their first quarter PROFIT!


        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, that's the feeling I get too.
        They're trying to save the drilling work they've already done.

        Detonating the pipe halfway down, to collapse it, should surely seal the leak.
        But, then, they'd have to re-drill.
        This is their Most Expensive drilling effort to date.

        Even with Billions of dollars of Economic and Environmental damage, they're still trying to save their income stream. This is FU Capitalism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you aware that they started a criminal probe into BP? and their stocks dropped by 15% today.. yup
      • 5 Years Ago
      This story is unreal.

      Are you guys BP shills ? How much do you guys get paid ?

      They killed 11 people because of cost-cutting (mostly trying to speed up stuff and disregard safety) - and are deeply damaging the ecology - and you guys are worried about some logo redesign that might hurt the "environment image" of BP ?

        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right. There is kind of a 'poor BP' attitude here.

        Even Autoblog regular did not defend Toyota like this. I think there is some bias going on here. I'm starting to wonder if the writers on here are really green-minded folk, or just doing their day job.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So EVNOW,

        What else can we do? The law isn't in our hands, the money needed to fight these corporations isn't in our hands, the media isn't in our hands, nothing we can do to hurt these firms is in our hands...

        So what do you propose we do???
        • 5 Years Ago
        By the way, I wasn't ranting AT you...it was AT the 'Is it Overkill?" comment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it's hypocritical to suddenly feel the hate for them when disaster strikes.

        It's this fu**ed up human nature to act when it's to late.

        Maybe that's their intention...?
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